By Sasha Pei-Silovo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea’s tour operators have expressed confidence in seeing vast improvements in the tourism sector.
Tour operators, along with other industry stakeholders, have for the first time been included in discussions to review PNG’s current tourism marketing strategies, and to make critical recommendations to improve the industry and enhance tourism growth.
Papua New Guinea is known as one of the last frontiers of adventure travel, and tour operators play a central role in tourism; being at the core of the industry, linking producers and consumers.
The call to include tourism stakeholders to work with the Tourism Promotio Authority (TPA) and the tourism ministry to collectively discuss ways to enhance tourism in PNG was made by recently appointed Minister for Tourism, Tobias Kulang.
Recognising the vital role played by inbound tour operators in the healthy growth and promotion of tourism, Minister Kulang is determined to allow tour operators to be part of the decision-making process to further develop tourism. The first series of discussions were held recently, during the Tourism Marketing Workshop.
Minister Kulang reiterated that tour operators have great expertise in packaging tourism products, allowing for more offerings to a wider range of tourists, creating economic development and employment for the country.